Tutors for the Writing Center help students in Writing Program courses to develop critical reading and writing skills through regularly scheduled meetings. The job requires tutors who are good listeners and strong writers and who can commit to working with the same students at the same time every week. Tutoring is not only a good way to earn extra money, but is also a valuable form of community service and professional development to add to your résumé. It’s good work experience, particularly if you plan to teach composition or any writing-intensive course in the future. You will also likely find that the experience will help you to become a better writer yourself.
In the Tutoring Manual, you will find an overview of the philosophy, policies, and practices of our Writing Centers. As you read and re-read this manual, keep in mind that our pedagogy always informs our decisions as tutors, and that the practical steps outlined here are designed to make it possible for you to enact the pedagogy effectively. I hope that you will refer to the manual often for suggestions and inspiration, and that every time you return to it, you will find ways to revise and improve your work as a tutor.
Sign-up and Notification:
When we assign a student to work with you, you will receive a call notifying you of the date and time of that appointment; if we leave a message with this information, please call back as soon as possible to confirm. Once you begin tutoring, you should check your mailbox regularly for notices that additional students have been assigned to you. Students are signed up with a tutor for five sessions, and then have the option to renew to the end of the semester. Thus, once you are "on" for a period, you should expect to work that period for at least the next five weeks, and probably to the end of the semester. Tutors work with two students during an eighty-minute class period. When you first begin you may have only one student, but this will change as things get busier. Please make sure you are on time for your tutoring sessions and ask students to do the same.